Chicago Students Should Strike Against Tests

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

Chicago public school teachers, who currently make on average $76,000 annually, are seeking a 30% raise each year for the next two years and then a 25% raise for the next two years! The district has proposed 4% increases for each of the next four years–more than the average cost of living increase.

And the people who teach Chicago’s children are angry that the city wants to start evaluating their job performance! Isn’t that what teachers are supposed to do in their job, evaluate students? What does that tell the students if the teachers are refusing to show up to school because they are protesting the fact that their performances will be measured?

If I was a student in a Chicago public school, whenever these teachers decide to roll on back to work, I would refuse to take tests, especially that paragon of inequality and unfairness, the pop quiz. Nope, you’re not going to evaluate me if you won’t consent to evaluation yourself! And if they tried to discipline me, I’d lead a classroom walkout.

See what happens when the disciplinarians are undisciplined? Everything breaks down, the student cannot hear the teacher, “the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world!”

Watch this animation for a good summary of the bad logic of Chicago’s educators (2 minutes).


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